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Packing a hospital bag

Here is a list of things to consider when packing your hospital bag. Even if you are planning a homebirth, it is useful to pack a bag in case your plans change before or during labour.

For you

  • Maternity notes and birth plan
  • Any medications that you take regularly
  • Comfy clothes to wear in labour
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops
  • Dressing gown and pyjamas/nightdress (x2) that opens at the front (for ease of feeding)
  • Comfy clothes to wear home
  • Crop top/bikini top if using water/birthing pool
  • Comfortable bra/feeding bra
  • Knickers for after the birth – large size, cotton and comfortable and/or disposable knickers
  • Towel (x2 if using birthing pool)
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, hair ties and lip balm
  • x2 packs of maternity sanitary pads (thick and ultra-absorbent)
  • Breast pads
  • Massage oils for use in labour
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Portable speakers/earphones toplay music
  • Drinks, snacks and drinking straws
  • Water spray/fan
  • Extra pillow(s)
  • TENS machine (if you plan to use one)
  • Books/magazines
  • Phone and charger

For your birth partner

  • Coins for car park/car park payment details
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Phone and charger
  • Camera
  • Books magazine
  • Comfy clothes/shoes/shorts
  • Overnight stay clothes/toiletries etc if planning/able to stay

For your baby

  • x1 pack of nappies
  • Clothes; sleep suits and vests (x3-4 of each)
  • Several cotton hats and a woollyhat
  • Clothes for going home
  • Socks/mittens (x2 pairs)
  • Cotton wool/water wipes
  • Muslin square/bibs
  • Car seat to take baby home
  • Baby blanket/shawl

If you are planning to formula feed your baby; check with your midwife what you need to take to the hospital.

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